Spain’s Development Minister proposes almost €16.9 billion funding for France and Portugal rail links

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RAIL PLAN: Abalos said the funds would help improve rail links between Spain and its neighbours CREDIT: Shutterstock


SPAIN’S Development Minister has proposed spending almost €16.9 billion to finish a cross-border railway line due to run into Portugal and France.

Jose Luis Abalos said almost €13.5 billion of the funds would go towards laying new tracks for the Atlantic Corridor. A further almost €3 billion would be spent on upgrading existing lines, the minister added.

The amounts floated show the “enormous magnitude” of the project which was needed to modernise a rail network that risks becoming obsolete, Abalos said.

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